EPD releases new information on deadly weekend shooting

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Authorities are releasing new information on the investigation into a man’s death on West Franklin Street over the weekend. As new evidence comes forward, authorities say they are looking into the shooting as a possible case of self defense.

“Video shows five or six individuals at a dead sprint running at the two individuals that were at the back door of Sportsman’s. At this point we have not seen video of the assault itself or the shot being fired, but again there is a significant amount of video that again cooperates the statements we were given that night,” said Sergeant Jason Cullum.

The Evansville Police Department is releasing new information into the early morning shooting that ended the life of 23-year-old Laren Hall.

“From the story that I heard, Laren was just going to Franklin with his friends to have a good time. They’re always out partying causing no trouble. There was a man who went inside the club and shot him, and here we are today over gun violence,” said Kimiko Brown, Hall’s sister.

EPD says they believe an altercation occurred prior to the shooting and it is being viewed as a possible case of self defense. Police say they believe they know who fired the gun.

“The individual that fired the handgun is not being publicly identified at this point because he has not been listed as a suspect and we are still wanting to speak with him,” said Cullum.

Now, Hall’s family is asking EPD for more answers.

“In order to have justice, you need to come around our community. You need to feel how we are as a whole. We’re not thugs, we are a family at the end of the day. We want better for ourselves. They just need to come around,” said Brown.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday afternoon, however an official cause of death has not yet been released by the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office.

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(This story was originally published on October 15, 2019)

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